Candidates gear up for Charlotte mayoral primary next week

CHARLOTTE — After an eventful couple of years, the Queen City is ramping up for the next mayoral election with the lingering question of whether Jennifer Roberts will survive another term. Both Democrats and Republicans are vying for her seat this fall.  Roberts was first elected to lead the state’s largest city in 2015 after serving four terms on the Mecklenburg County board of Commissioners.  Her re-election campaign has received the endorsements of the Sierra Club and the AFL-CIO. She made national news when she advocated for the city of Charlotte to eliminate male/female designations for all bathrooms open to the public within the city, sparking the state’s controversial House Bill 3 law. READ MORE …